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Platinum Jubilee tree planting

On 19th March the Leigh and District Cottage Garden Society planted a commemorative tree to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year on the village green.  With thanks to Chairman of Surrey County Council Helyn Clack for her support, as well that of other local councillors, cottage garden society members and villagers, not to mention the enthusiastic help of some smaller members of our community.  The tree is a Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) which it is hoped will be an attractive feature at the heart of the village for many years to come.

Mark Dobell
Mark Dobell

Do you like walking? Do you want to meet new people?

Now that summer is on its way, there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.

I am hoping to create a local walking group, open to all residents of Leigh. Everyone welcome, bring your dogs too!

I am home-based during the day so could do walks during the day or anytime.

It would be lovely to meet new people in the village and have some company on walks.

If you are interested, please email for your details to be passed on.

I look forward to hearing from you and to creating a new walking group.


Jubilee Tree planting on Saturday 19th March

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Leigh and District Cottage Garden Society will be planting a Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this Saturday March 19th at 2.30pm. The tree will be planted on the Village Green.

All villagers and members of LDCGS are invited to attend. Please bring along children and grandchildren. Trowels will be provided for children to add some soil.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer Vacancy

Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

(8 hours per week, pay dependant on experience)

Leigh Parish Council is seeking to recruit a new part time Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

The Clerk is required to prepare the agenda for, attend and to produce the minutes of all Council meetings and the Annual Parish Meeting. They are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the council and all its assets, managing the Council’s finances in accordance with Government Accounting Regulations and be responsible for the Council’s communication through the website and newsletters.

The position is home-based but will require a commitment to attend ad hoc meetings and some site visits, mainly within the Parish.

The Clerk needs to be an effective communicator, have robust IT skills and be able to manage the Councils finances accurately and securely.

The post will be based on a salary range of SCP 18-23 (currently £13.21 to £14.67 per hour) determined by qualifications and experience.

The job description and person specification can be accessed here.

To be considered for the position or for more information, please contact the clerk at

Leigh Women’s Institute Events in 2022

Leigh Women’s Institute

Abbots Pass Hall, Bunce Common Road, Leigh, RH2 8NS

Meetings – Second Monday of each month at 7.30

Members of our friendly WI group live in and around Leigh. We operate mostly as a social group and organise theatre and cinema trips and a variety of outings to gardens and historical sites. We visit Christmas markets and take advantage of the beautiful Surrey countryside for walks, coffee mornings and alfresco lunches. The talks at our monthly meetings cover a range of topics including craft demonstrations, cookery, local history and life experiences.

Please see below a list of confirmed events coming up in the first half of 2022. Other events and outings will be added throughout the year.

Feb 14th WI meeting Talk – Air Ambulance

Feb 19th Afternoon Tea

March 14th WI meeting with guest Magician

March 16th Wisley Gardens

April 11th WI meeting Talk – My Life in Leather

April 23rd Jumble Sale

June 13th WI meeting with guest Harpist

July Summer walk and Supper

For more information please either email our secretary via or contact our President Mrs Judith Bartley on 01306 611472


If you are new to softball then the best way to described it is to say it is a cross between Rounders and Baseball but the important thing is it is a mixed game and we play for the exercise and to have fun. Our age group ranges from 15 to 69.

Soft Ball is a good way to keep fit, there is quite of bit of running/jogging involved be it when you are fielding or batting. It does not matter if you are not very good at hitting a ball or catching a ball as the emphases is on having fun.

If you have never played before then do not worry, the rules are very simple to learn and we are a very social group more interested in having fun than playing a competitive sport. Family groups of mixed age and sporting ability are very welcome.

We play on the Cricket Ground it Leigh (RH2 8NP) every Thursday evening during the summer months, weather dependant from about 18.30 till 20.00. Our local Pub, The Plough supports us by providing a snack/meal after every game for a very reasonable price. There is also a very small charge for playing each week which goes towards paying for our Insurance.

For more info please either text or ring Mike on 07708 614090

or email

Platinum Jubilee – Help Leigh village mark the occasion!

This year, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, seventy years of service. Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel around the country to undertake a variety of engagements culminating with the focal point of the Platinum Jubilee weekend in June.

Leigh Parish Council is organising an initial meeting in January to see how we can mark the special occasion in Leigh. We are happy to facilitate a discussion to see what plans may already be in place, or what other ideas there may be to take forward. We would welcome anyone who may be interested in participating in the discussions and potentially playing a part in running the celebrations (no contribution is too big or small). We are fortunate to have several committed and creative residents, local clubs, businesses, and groups who are encouraged to come along to share ideas and explore opportunities.

Due to current Covid restrictions, we will be holding the meeting online via zoom on Thursday 20th January from 7.30pm.  Please contact me to register your interest and I will give you the details for the call.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Have your say on Police Funding

Would you be prepared to pay a little extra to support our policing teams in Surrey over the coming year?

The Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend is asking the public to fill in a brief survey and share their views on whether they would support a small rise in council tax so that policing levels can be sustained in communities across the county.

The Commissioner said that like all public services, policing is facing a significant rise in costs in the current financial climate and in order to maintain the current position, an increase of some kind will likely be necessary.

The public are being invited to have their say on whether they would agree to pay an extra 83p a month on an average council tax bill.

The short online survey can be filled in here:

The survey only takes a few minutes to fill in and will be open until January 4th.

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